The Silver Lake Show Ski Team's opening pyramid. Photography by Calli Scheele.
The Silver Lake Show Ski Team (Fenton, Mich.) won the team title at the 21st Division 2 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Visit Central Florida, Aug. 6-7, at Ben Williamson Park in Rock Island, Ill. Hosted by the Backwater Gamblers, the tournament featured three teams competing for the Division 2 show ski national title. The Division 2 Show Ski National Championships is comprised of teams and/or individuals not qualified by their respective regions for next weekend’s 47th Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Visit Central Florida.
In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show. Individual national titles for Swivel Open, Swivel 360, Swivel 180, Doubles Open, and Freestyle Jumping Open also were at stake.
Silver Lake earned high-scoring awards for Dock & Equipment Personnel, Showmanship, Overall Show, Pyramid, Swivel and Jump in tallying 1,195.47 points and clinching its first ever Division 2 national team title. The Five Seasons Ski Team (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Arch Rivals (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) finished second (1,175.63 points) and third (1,137.8 points), respectively.
The Division 2 Show Ski National Championships also featured athletes competing individually in Swivel Open, Swivel 360, Swivel 180, Doubles Open, and Freestyle Jumping Open. Hailey Planton (Muskego, Wis.) won Swivel Open (13.17 points); Olivia Krumrai (Muskego, Wis.) won Swivel 360 (11.33 points); Alexis Gunderson (Elmhurst, Ill.) won Swivel 180 (8.97 points); Kate Draeger (Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.) and Jack Misina (Saint Germain, Wis.) won Doubles Open (11.37 points); and Solan Shettler (Brighton, Mich.) won Freestyle Jumping Open (100.00 points).
Swivel Pairs 360 and Doubles Intermediate were exhibition events this year. Shae Landsverk (Neenah, Wis.) and Ella Smedema (Neenah, Wis.) won Swivel 360 Pairs (9.76 points); and Mariana Cupp (Waunakee, Wis.) and Cody Jaworski (Monona, Wis.) won Doubles Intermediate (8.70 points).